Dr. Dori Seider Honored
With MCCC's Distinguished Teaching Award

6-2-09

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - Mercer County Community College Professor Dori Seider, of Robbinsville, was presented with the Distinguished Teaching Award during the college's commencement ceremonies on May 21. A respected faculty member for 39 years, Dr. Seider was selected for the award by students, faculty and staff members. "It is an honor," Dr. Seider said. "It is such a beautiful experience to have everything you have given out come back to you."

Dr. Seider teaches French, psychology, history and education. A Fulbright Scholar, she earned

Dr. Dori Seider accepts the Distinguished Teaching Award at Commencement ceremonies May 21.

her Ph.D. from the University of Vermont, and master's degrees from New York University and the University of Rochester. Her B.A. is from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She is the author of two books and a third will be published soon.

During her acceptance speech, Dr. Seider said she came from a family of food people -- pickle makers and bakers. "They were very generous. They didn't have much to give but they gave everything they had." She said her parents could not afford to send her to college and she worked her way through. She was the first in her family to go to college. "One summer I worked in a factory in Camden and it went up to 106 degrees. At the end of the summer everyone lined up to wish me well. They counseled me to go to school, and I never stopped."

She also told the hundreds of graduates that as a lifelong learner, she has continued to take classes, and many of them have been at Mercer County Community College. "Mercer has the best and most caring teachers anywhere. They are excellent. I am so grateful to study with them," she said.

In her book "Teach Me Something Real" Dr. Seider discusses how teachers can lead students to success by establishing trust and respect." A second edition of "A Place Called Happiness" is now available.


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